WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (PIX11) — A group yelled anti-Black slurs before attacking a 15-year-old boy in a Manhattan subway station on Friday afternoon, police said on Monday as video of the incident circulated on social media.
The suspects yanked the teen off of a northbound A train and onto the platform at the West 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue subway station in Washington Heights at around 5:30 p.m., according to the NYPD. The victim was then punched multiple times in the face and body, leaving him with a bloody lip and broken glasses, authorities said.
(Disclaimer: The following video may be disturbing for viewers).
The assailants were caught in a disturbing video pulling the boy by his hoodie and dragging him down the subway platform before repeatedly punching him, according to a video posted to Instagram.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident. Police are searching for a trio of suspects. No arrests have been made.
In wake of the attack, community activist Rosemary Severino is organizing a rally against bullying and racism at the 181st Street A train subway entrance. The rally will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“Get the community together and show him that he has support out here,” Severino said. “We’re not for bullying. We’re not for racism. It really bothered me that that came to our neighborhood.”
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